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Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2020. 1:09 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: A jury of 6 women and 3 men deliberated for about 90 minutes Wednesday before Justice Colin Williams and found Irvin Pitts, 46, guilty of rape. Pitts, a plumber of a Kraal Road address, will be sentenced on February 19.

The incident occurred about 3:30 a.m. on April 2, 2016. The virtual complainant, a 37-year-old housewife, was socializing with friends at Element Nightclub on Newtown Barracks when she met Pitts, whom she knew. She said Pitts offered her and a member of her family a ride home but said they would need to take a taxi to where his vehicle was parked. She said they accepted and Pitts dropped off her relative home first and diverted on his way to her house because he said he needed to go to his house to get something he had forgotten.

She said that they arrived at Pitts’ house and she sat in the vehicle waiting while he went inside. She said she became worried after waiting for over 15 minutes, so she decided to go into his house to find out if anything was wrong. She said that when she pushed open the door Pitts stood behind the door naked and he slammed the door shut and demanded sexual intercourse with her. When she said to him that she has her “period,”  Pitts then insisted that she perform oral sex on him. She said that despite her protests, he forced her to perform fellatio.

Pitts took the witness stand and admitted that she performed oral sex on him, but claimed that it was with her consent. A submission of ‘no case to answer’ by defense attorney Andrew Bennett was not accepted.

The Crown was represented by Crown Counsels Riis Cattouse and Romey Wade.

 

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